william welch
CAE 310

William Welch (Bill) is an instructor in the Mercyhurst University Department of Intelligence Studies, primarily teaching Intelligence Writing and Presentation to undergraduate and graduate students. He worked as a reporter and city editor with the Erie Times-News for 29 years. Welch has been involved with the MCIIS Press, the press arm of the Institute for Intelligence Studies. Since arriving at Mercyhurst in 2002, Welch frequently taught in the Mercyhurst University Communication Department.


In September 2006, he joined the department after receiving his M.S. degree in applied intelligence from Mercyhurst in 2006. Welch earned his B.A. degree in journalism from Point Park University

Courses Taught

  • RIAP 177: Introduction to Intelligence
  • RIAP 250: Professional Communications
  • RIAP 275: Writing for Intelligence
  • INTL 580: Intelligence Communication (in the classroom and online)
  • RIAP 425: Managing Strategic Intelligence
  • RIAP 325: Cyber Threat Analysis

Research Interests:

  • Cybersecurity
  • China

Selected Publications and Projects

  • He is editor of The Analyst’s Style Manual, a manual published in 2008 to assist intelligence analysts in matters of style, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and general writing skills. A second edition will be released in the first half of 2016.  He has also assisted in developing other books for the Press. From 2006 to 2012, Welch was associate director and then director of the Center for Intelligence Research Analysis Training(CIRAT). He sought, coordinated and supervised CIRAT research/analysis projects for businesses, institutions and government agencies.
  • During that time, hundreds of intelligence department students gained valuable experience, established professional networks and earned wages on the projects.